Catalogue description West Sussex County Council

This record is held by West Sussex Record Office

Details of WSCC
Reference: WSCC
Title: West Sussex County Council

Records of the West Sussex County Council

Date: c1889-c1974



The system divides the records into three groups reflecting:


1. The proceedings of the old Council and its Committees, 1889-1974 (Prefix WOC/)


2. The proceedings of the new Council and its Committees, 1974- (Prefix WNC/)


3. The activities of the service Departments serving either or both Councils. (Prefix WDC)


Catalogue marks are normally made up of five elements:-


1. Letter prefix to indicate Council or Department, i.e.:


WOC = Old Council


WNC = New Council


WDC = Service Department


2. Suffix (2 letters) to specify whether record originates from the full Council (e.g. minutes and other formal records), from a committee, or from a service department, e.g.:


/CC = Full Council


/CM = Committee


/PL = Planning Department.


3-5 Number sequence up to 3 elements to indicate:-


Cass; sub-class; and piece number.


Council and Committee proceedings (WOC/ and WNC/)


Three suffixes are used:-


/CC = Full Council


/CM = Committee


/CQ = Minutes etc. of other authorities and voluntary bodies inherited by the Council.


In the case of Committee records the first number is that assigned to the Committee. The numbers are based on a chronological series reflecting the order of creation of the committees, eg:-


WOC/CM1 = Finance and General Purposes Committee (formed 1889);


WOC/CM118 = County Fire Brigade Committee (formed 1947).




WOC/CC 2/2 = Old County Council (WOC/)


Council Agenda Papers (/CC2)


Vol. 2, 1889-90 (/2)


WOC/CM44/6/2 = Old County Council (WOC/)


Education Committee (/CM44)


School Attendance sub-committee (/6)


Minutes, Vol. 2, 1909-16 (/2)


Departmental Records (WDC/)


The prefix is used for the records of all departments whether of the Old or New Council.


Suffixes for principal departments:-


AG = Director of Agriculture's Department


AR = County Architect's Department


AS = County Lunatic Asylum


AV = County Archivist's Department


CE = Chief Executive


CH = Children's Department


CL = County Clerk's Department (from 1974 County Secretary)


ED = Education Department


FB = Fire Brigade


HE = Health Department


LA = Land Agent's Department


LB = County Library


PE = Personnel Department


PL = Planning Department


SS = Social Services Department


SU = County Surveyor's Department


TR = County Treasurer's Department


VA = County Valuer's Department


WE = Welfare Department


WM = Weights and Measures Department (from 1970 Consumer Protection, from 1977 Trading Standards)


ZZ = Final Miscellaneous (e.g. Staff clubs etc.)


N.B. The records of the Public Assistance Department will be found with the Poor Law Guardians records under the reference WPA.


The first number indicates a major record series, or the records of a particular division of the Department. It is a running number, determined in most cases by the dates at which the series were transferred to the Record Office.




WDC/CL1/8/2 = Clerk's Department (WDC/CL)


Correspondence (/1)


Registers of Letters Received (/8)


Vol. 3, 1916-17 (/3)


WDC/SU1/2/3 = County Surveyor's Department (WDC/SU)


Correspondence (/1)


Letter Book relating to R.F.C. Aerodromes (/2)


Vol. 3, 1918-19 (/3)

Held by: West Sussex Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

West Sussex County Council

Physical description: 229 series
  • Local government

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